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Volkswagen hints again at electric Microbus announcement at CES

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Next week's CES is officially a full-on car show between the debut of the Chevy Bolt and Ford's rumored tie-up with Google for autonomous driving, and Volkswagen is coming at the show with guns blazing, too: it has promised a new electric car concept, which Autocar says will be an long-range EV revival of the legendary Microbus. Now, we have a new teaser of the concept from VW.

Volkswagen had previously teased the front of the new vehicle — which certainly looks a little van-like — along with the Tron-ish elements requisite of any electric concept car:

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VW has said that its CES keynote will focus "on the latest developments in electric mobility as well as next-generation connectivity," which is about as far as you can get from the company's all-consuming diesel emissions scandal that has thrown its executive ranks into disarray in the months since the story first broke. Debuting a new EV can't hurt the company's image — doubly so considering that it evokes one of the most iconic models in its history. But will it actually get to production? Porsche's Mission E is on its way, so there's hope.

By all appearances, the car probably won't be called "Microbus," since there's clearly some other badging along the rear hatch, but that's nothing new: the last Microbus-like concept that the company debuted was the 2011 Bulli.


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